Is it really over???

The rain stopped around 10pm last night. Thank God! Maybe it’s finally over for Houston! Now we have to pray for Louisiana since the storm went that way. Hopefully they will not get it as bad!

I woke up to sunshine. A VERY welcome site! It was at 7:21am today that a “Mama” woke me. I jumped up, ran into my living room, and saw my son is still asleep. The man is still asleep as well so where did that come from??? Maybe the cat meowed and I thought it was Mama? I don’t know but it woke me right up!

I have someone checking to see if I can work tonight. I want to be able to take my 95 year old to his country club like any other Wednesday evening, plus I haven’t worked in a week and am broke!!! I still have to pay the bills, even in a disaster. We all do. We need to work. If it wasn’t for bills piling up, I would relax about it more. I heard people can apply for lost wages during this time and I hope it applies to me too. I only need what I would have made this past week, not much. I haven’t done it because I don’t want to take money away from others that have lost everything! It’s a moral dilemma. I probably won’t do it though. I have friends that don’t have a home and they need help more than I do.

My ceiling is fine. My neighbor is ecstatic that it stopped raining! We are now waiting for our property management to have someone come out and fix everything. That could take a while. She has covered her ceiling with plastic so she can stay there and stay dry.

My friend went to the grocery store at 7am today. She waited as the 15th person in line for the store to open at 8. When she got in, they had no regular bread but had fresh baked, only a little milk, and not much else on the shelves. I think I will avoid going to a store for a few more days. It will give the stores time to get supply trucks in and for us to eat all that I cooked too. My clients son asked me about his mom going to the store. I told him she should wait a few days. I wouldn’t want to see an 86 year old trying to get food and wait in line just to see there’s not much available. That would break my heart! She just had her birthday yesterday too. My plan was to make her a cake but, you know, Harvey. So, as soon as I can get eggs and milk again, I will bake her the best birthday cake ever! I will make it even better than the one I made for little man for during the hurricane!

So that’s it. I am going to shower and then try to venture out for a bit today to check on people and see how our entire area fared as well as check on my mom. Talk later!

Cooking

Well, I was so stressed that I ended up making a lot more than I thought I was going to.

Biscuits – Pillsbury canned ones

Cornbread – From a bag

Banana bread – recipe on AllRecipes

Brownies – from a box

Burgers (one neighbor gave me a purple onion and another went to Whole Foods and brought me a jalapeño and a bell pepper!) – I put my recipe in another post

The spicy cheese crackers (OMG they are SO good) – recipe in this mornings post

So yeah. I was a bit stressed today. Thankfully my man is cooking the burgers, I just put them together with all the ingredients I like. I also did laundry. The line of water on my ceiling has dried mostly so it’s just a round circle now. I guess that means my neighbor has controlled it, yay!

By the way!!! There is SUN outside now! Woo hoo!!! Now if it can just stay that way, we will start getting back to business here!

The grocery stores opened today at 11am. There was a line around the block of each store starting at 8. They would let 2 people in at a time. We walked down to Valero and even their shelves were sold out. No chips, barely any candy, lots of beer though! Now hopefully trucks can get through and refill our stores. We don’t need anything. Hell, I cooked enough for a week. People here are in need though, bring it in!

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. Now it’s time to hope and pray that we don’t get any more rain for a while! It’s usually 100 degrees here in August so having temperatures in the 70’s is nice. I’m sure it will get hot and muggy tomorrow though. I’ll take that over rain!

Day 4 of Harvey

Well crappola. All this rain has not only devastated so many people here, it keeps coming!!! Wtf?!? You know that song “Rain, rain, go away”? We are singing it all the time! We are safe, we are dry, I am even cooking right now (cheesy pepper crackers).

My house, eek! My toilet started leaking a few days ago. Last night, my neighbors ceiling collapsed.

It’s now twice as bad and we are having a hard time controlling the water coming in to her place. My ceiling this morning started showing water stains and a little bowing too.

We are working on her place so hopefully no more water will come down here!

My window started leaking yesterday as well. I contacted the management company and of course they are no help since everyone in this city has problems. We are stuck figuring it all out on our own. Thank goodness for Google!

My man went home yesterday and hasn’t come back. His entire bathroom is flooded in his tub but nothing else yet thankfully. I wish he would come back soon though. It worries me that he is across town in his Jetta trying to drive here!

So I’ll keep y’all posted. I’m a bit nervous about my ceiling and feel so bad for my upstairs neighbor with her mom and 2 year old nephew being there in that mess! We have to stay here too and make sure our places don’t get completely devastated as well. This is nerve racking!!!

Thank you AllRecipes for the great ideas!

Day 3 of Harvey

We are still here, safe and sound. Last night a couple of my neighbors invited me to a hurricane party and I got a bit drunk and probably said too much (I tend to do that when drinking). I had some awesome Louisiana boudain too so it was a good time. We watched crazy people try to drive through the water and watched the rain bands as they rolled through, all while under the carport sitting at a table with the grill going.

My man decided to drive to his place yesterday to check on it. He only took Westheimer. It took him over an hour to get there (20 minute normal drive time) but he did not go through any high water and stayed safe. I was going crazy while he was gone with worry. He finally made it back after 3 hours and told me basically his house is ruined by water. It did not flood in his neighborhood, the ceiling just started caving in as a result of all the rain.

Houston is definitely devastated. Some freeways are completely under water. The news even called one of our main thoroughfares Lake 288. It is that bad in places here. No, we did not evacuate. We were told to stay at home. Nobody could predict how bad the water would be. Harvey did not hit us but it has caused chaos in this city. We have had more rain here than Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 which devastated the city too.

I have checked on my friends, family, and clients. Everyone is safe. That’s the main thing for me. Everyone needs to stay safe. I am worried for anyone that has water in their home or surrounding their home. One of my friends had to be boated out of her neighborhood because the water was up to a foot inside their house. Thankfully they were able to get out and get to safety. I feel for the thousands of people here that have now lost everything. I hope people will open their hearts and wallets to donate and help the victims here. Our convention center opened for victims of Harvey and they are completely packed. Thankfully our city always comes together like no other to help each other. It’s one of the good things about being here.

Everyone else please stay safe and if you can, there are tons of places to donate to help everyone here that needs it.

Red Cross

Salvation Army

United Way

Pet shelters too! Can you imagine how many people have lost pets right now??? I don’t know what I would do if Amber got out in all this!

Day 2 of Harvey

Well, we are flooding all over the city.

My man and I walked down to the closest bayou to check on the water level. Yesterday it was maybe 6-12 inches (normal height). Today, well, look for yourself!

My street flooded last night but it went down overnight. We walked from my house down to the major intersection just to check on everything. No problems walking. Whataburger was packed. The local gas station had a few people and they are completely out of gas.

It started raining hard so we walked back to my house. We shall see how the rest of the days go. We finally got internet back and only lost electricity for about 30 seconds yesterday.

I saw the news this morning where they are having to do rescues of people with a foot or more water in them all over so if you live here, PLEASE stay safe!

Day 1 of Harvey

I’m in the Galleria area of Houston, about 9 miles from downtown. It started raining sporadically yesterday. The storm hit down south really hard as a category 4 hurricane. It’s really bad down south according to the news and I feel for those people.

My man and his cat are here with us. My dog and his cat have barely smelled each other and are staying away from each other. My allergies are going nuts with his cat but I am dealing just fine. The cat is in bed with me and my dog is freaking out from the floor. It’s actually pretty funny to watch them get near each other, sniff, then run away.

We have gotten some rain and NO flooding near here. It has flooded in other parts of Houston. Our mayor was on the news this morning telling us to stay at home because this thing keeps coming in waves and will get bad in the next few days. We are staying here.

I have text my friends and neighbors and everyone seems to be fine so far, even in flood prone areas. We are bored because it seems that xfinity decided to shut everyone down last night as a precaution so we have no cable or internet so no Netflix! Thank goodness for cell phones. And of course we still have power since it’s just rain so far.

Last night my man and I went into a neighbors home to check on it since he passed away last year and I haven’t been in that place since I found him dead on his floor (not a good day). The ceiling is covered in mold, it’s black and everywhere in the living room! There are dead roaches everywhere (kitchen and bathroom) and his children that came to clean it out left a desk and the bed in the apartment. At this point, they will have to have all of the drywall removed from the ceiling. I’m even wondering if it will affect his upstairs neighbor since it’s on the ceiling. I feel bad for that guy! The furniture will probably have to go too, even the nice bed. So that’s what’s happened during this storm so far. I will check in later or tomorrow depending on what we get up to today.

I’m ready!

So this storm really is going to hit the Texas coast. Down south though. We are on the nasty side of the storm and it is supposed to flood here. Supposedly up to 25 inches of rain.

Via ABC news

My client I was supposed to take to the store this morning called last night and said he didn’t feel well and he wasn’t going but was afraid they would run out of milk.

I was up at 5:30 ready to go walking but when I saw it was already raining, I decided to go to the store for them. God help me, it was awful!

I went to my local HEB at 6:30am. Parking lot was half full so I thought to myself, oh, this won’t be too bad! I went inside and saw people stocking so that was great (or so I thought). I got tons of fruit 🍓 and some tomatoes 🍅 and spinach for my clients (all of their favorites). I then walked around to get milk and bread. 3 half gallons of their kind of milk left so I grabbed 2. NO bread other than buns which they won’t eat and I have plenty of bread. The store just opened at 5am too!

The wine department was fully stocked, the fresh meat department was fully stocked, fruits and veggies were selling out and the food shelves in the middle of the store were pretty much picked clean of anything we would want. I found some Vienna sausages (can’t be too picky) and some juice boxes for my son. Then I got in line. OMG 😲

This is towards the front of the store 20 minutes after already being in line. I should have taken more pictures!!!

The checkout line went all the way from the front to the back of the store, wound its way through the wine department, and I ended up in the meat department where the back of the line was. When I got near the front, I saw the line was literally going through the fruit department out the door to check out! I found batteries when I was near the front of this line too so I bought some AAA’s which I was advised to get from my man. 30 minutes of line later, I was finally 3rd in a checkout line. 30 minutes!!! The store had closed the doors and said they were at capacity and couldn’t let more people in so the front door was closed so the line could go through there too. There was a line of people that wanted in outside in the rain.

I got out of there as fast as I could and drove to my clients house. They gave me $7 plus the cost of the food for doing it so I can’t complain. They and their daughter were very appreciative (she text me right after I left their house) and told me if it gets bad, I can come there since they have a generator. Sweet people!

If you live south of Houston, please drive north. The news says this storm is going to turn towards Houston once it hits land so if you go north you will be safer than coming here. We are being told not to evacuate (which I wouldn’t do anyway). So it’s going to be fun around here this weekend!

Via ABC news

Everyone is texting each other asking if they’re ready. My mom asked if we have bread so I guess I’ll take her a loaf too. She was asking me yesterday what she needs to be prepared and I laughed thinking “Really? You’ve lived here longer than I have!” Late last night I realized this is the first storm without my Dad and she probably really doesn’t know. I felt horrible so I called her this morning and told her that she can come here or we can go there if she needs anything. I am SO glad I bought her that water at Costco 2 weeks ago! She hasn’t even opened it so she has 40 bottles of water.

The neighbors that didn’t live here 9 years ago for Ike are worried about the power going out and flooding so I am telling everyone just calm down. We take care of each other here. At least we did during Ike! Most of us are still here so it should be the same. Let’s hope and cross our fingers that we still have at least one chef living here like last time too!

Stay dry and stay safe. Don’t come to Houston this weekend!!!!

Morning! Hurricane?

So after waking up at 5am, I’ve had time to check out the news.

As you may know from reading my blog, I live in Houston TX. Some storm is headed towards the Texas coastline at the moment. I have lived in my place since 2003 and went through Hurricane Ike and did not flood so I’m not going anywhere. We have food and water and a couple of neighbors have grills so we will be fine. I got gas yesterday so I will have a mostly full tank so if our power does go out, I can still charge my phone and my sons Nintendo 3DS in the car.

I probably will not be able to work this Saturday which bites since that’s my busiest day so I’m losing out on almost $100. So I am hoping for this to fizzle out or just bring a little rain. The news makes it seem like it’s a huge emergency and we need to be prepared!

Other than candles, we are ready. I’m kind of afraid to go to a grocery store now though because of people panicking. My caregiver told me they will go to the store today. That’s not a good idea now though! They should have gone yesterday. Oh well! Maybe I’ll go to the mall for candles, like the smelly kinds. I’m not sure if people buy those for a storm so maybe it’s a safer bet than a grocery store. Or just use my phone as a flashlight, even better.

One job today and that’s to a doctors office. I don’t think I’ll be working tomorrow either as I’m not taking an elderly person to a grocery store tomorrow. No way. It’s going to be insane. My friend is asking me to take him to Costco. Oh hell no. I’m not going near a box store right now!!! Talk about crazy lines! I am only going to this doctors office with this woman and heading back home to stay out of this mess.

Since I walked the past 2 days, I thought I would give my legs a rest and do my arms today. So I was woken up mega early just to relax. Why I’m not watching Netflix I have no idea!

Again?

Yet another day of no jobs. I have one tomorrow and 2 Saturday. Basically no money this week. And I had to buy groceries with the money I had last night so I'm glad I have a full tank of gas and no bills coming up!

The woman that bought my Dad's car in June is supposed to pay me the balance of $650 by the end of this month. She gets paid on the 1st and 15th. She came by this morning and gave me $120. How, with only one more check this month, does she expect to pay the car off owing $530 by the end of August? I don't think she can. Well, $120 will help me this week since I'm not making anything so I'll take it.

Anyway, I am taking the day off of exercise too. I am still doing 250 steps an hour no matter what walking around my house because of the weather. Yesterday I did really well but had a dull pain between my shoulder blades all day. So I figure I need a small break.

Couple I drive

So I pick up this couple. I've been driving them for about 2 years now. They are so nice and I'm happy to be in their life.

We go to the haircut place and he gets his haircut. Then while his wife gets hers, he wants to go down the street to this place to buy premade food called Tres Market. I go to each freezer/refrigerator door and tell him all of the options inside. He buys 2 handheld baskets full and a guy from the place helped us take everything back to their vehicle. It started pouring on us as soon as we walk out of this place. So the guy that is helping us gets his umbrella and puts the food in the vehicle. Then he leaves but had offered to stay. I should have taken him up on it!

It doesn't stop raining and I have to get both of them in the vehicle while I am getting soaked. They had an umbrella in the back of the vehicle but of course it was broken. He's on a scooter and she's using a walker. The hair place lent me an umbrella to walk her to the vehicle thankfully but got soaked on my way back to the vehicle after I gave it back. Since I had to help her, I couldn't put his scooter away so he was sitting in the vehicle while he and the scooter got soaked as I walked all the way around the vehicle with her! My hair was ruined too (after spending all that time yesterday to straighten it). Then they had a couple of other errands to run. Thankfully I did not have to get out again. A drive through pharmacy and the bank. It decides to stop raining as soon as I get to their house. Not fair!

And I have another job to go on in a few minutes too and of course it's still raining. I'm SO not looking forward to this! At least I pick him up and drop him off under a covered area! Thank goodness it stopped raining a little after we arrived where he eats! It ended up being a good evening.

I am planning on waking up early and going walking again. Pray the weather holds up for me!